Highly sensitive children, how they are and what to do to get the most out of them

Each child is a world with its own particularities. Knowing what distinguishes a child from another will help to promote their development by attending to their specific needs and get the most out of their qualities. An example is the case of highly sensitive children, capable of receiving a greater amount of simultaneous information.

A feature that as indicated by the Association of People with High Sensitivity of Spain, APASEIt is a hereditary trait that affects two out of ten people, men and women alike. This, in many cases, can lead to sensory saturation, blockage, stress and, ultimately, give rise to a disease, so it is convenient to learn to manage these situations.


Characteristics of highly sensitive

How is a child highly sensitive? APASE offers the following characteristics of these little ones:

- Ability to detect details in your environment that go unnoticed by other people and this allows you to experience life with all its lights and shadows.

- Empathy with the suffering of others so they have a great capacity for listening and a great willingness to help others to contribute to creating a better world

- Difficulty to maintain personal limits and to say "no" but if you learn to take care of yourself properly, you usually establish enormously deep and enriching human connections.


- A threshold of pain quite low but that great physical sensitivity allows you to have very intense pleasurable sensations at the same time.

- Ease to fall in love for what usually involves a lot in their relationships, sometimes forgetting about themselves but if you learn to respect and love you will enjoy incredible relationships based on real love and mutual growth.

- Tendency to be very perfectionist but thanks to it usually shows love for work well done.

- A person with high sensitivity can be introverted as extroverted.

The highly sensitive children are:

- Great ability to concentrate deeply

- Love for loneliness and introspection

- Very developed empathic capacity

- Always ready to help

- Very sensitive to criticism

- They show concern for justice, animals and the environment


- Annoyance with intense lights, strong smells and loud noise

- They know how to enjoy the little things

- Big and / or sudden changes do not like

How to live with them

The therapist Eva Perea indicates the following points to be able to deal with highly sensitive children:

- Highly sensitive children will be much happier and more stable if there is a routine in their lives. If they know by default that it is going to happen so that it is not something that constantly surprises them and contributes to their saturation. A good organization of schedules and activities will be of great help to them.

- Remember that they are loved and value everything they do. Creating this trust in children will be the one that they then carry in their backpack to the trip to the adult world, so it is your responsibility that goes well filled with security and love.

- Avoid comparisons with their peers. Educate them in diversity and in what is different. Value at all times the things or people who do not follow the established norm.

- If something is going to change in the lives of the youngest children, it is necessary to warn them with enough time so that they can understand it and adapt to the change.

- Cultivate conversations with PAS children a lot. It is very important that they are not alone and that they do not feel misunderstood.

- Encourage them to develop their skills. Everything in which you can value your emotions and your different way of seeing the world.

Damián Montero

Video: Gifted, creative and highly sensitive children | Heidi Hass Gable | TEDxLangleyED


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